Digital Realty doubles down on Hong Kong with 24MW facility

By Harry Menear
The new 24MW carrier-neutral facility marks the continuation of Digital Realty's APAC expansion...

Digital Realty, one of the world’s leading data centre colocation and interconnection service providers, is pushing forward with the expansion of its APAC asset portfolio. Yesterday, the company announced the development of a brand new, carrier-neutral data centre in a purpose-built facility in Hong Kong.

Upon completion, the new 21,000 square-metre building will be a total of 12 floors tall, with eight dedicated to customer deployments. The facility will more than double Digital Realty’s capacity in the Hong Kong market by adding an additional 24MW of capacity to their capabilities. 

Digital Realty entered the Hong Kong market back in 2012, with the acquisition of an 18MW facility in the Tseung Kwan O industrial estate. "Hong Kong is a regional leader in cloud readiness and has significant potential for further cloud adoption along with a strong base of customers with an appetite for digital technologies," added Mark Smith, Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Digital Realty. 

According to the company’s press release, the new facility, dubbed HKG11, is strategically located in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong's rapidly developing new data centre cluster and the primary auxiliary location outside Tseung Kwan O. 

"Our investment in Hong Kong is another important milestone on our global platform roadmap, enabling customers' digital transformation strategies while demonstrating our commitment to supporting their future growth on PlatformDIGITAL," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. 

"As we continue to expand in Asia, the launch of our second facility in Hong Kong underscores its importance as a major data hub, providing customers with the coverage, capacity and connectivity requirements to support their digital ambitions." 

The move comes at a time when Digital Realty is pushing the expansion of its PlatformDIGITAL service across the region. The company recently broke ground on a new 22,000 square-foot land parcel on June 16. The Seoul facility (Digital Seoul 1) will be the first carrier-neutral data centre facility in South Korea (probably in North Korea as well, to be honest) and have a capacity of 12MW spread over 12 levels.  

"South Korea is one of the key digital hubs in the APAC region with a major focus on digital technology and solutions," commented Smith in a recent press release. "Applications such as big data, artificial intelligence, 5G mobile services and the internet of things are already gaining momentum. South Korea is also one of the fasting growing data center markets in the region and a strategic market for us to enter as the first global provider to build from the ground up." 

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